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on: September 26, 2005 09:34:14 PM 
Started by kreenzart, Message by kreenzart
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here are two picnic sets i made- one for my 2-year-old daughter and one for her 2-year-old cousin.  the basket-weave cloth folds out to a gingham cloth on the inside, with lots of room for felt fruit, veggies, bread, etc. and even a felt ice-cream cone.  i got the idea for the bag from a set my sis-in-law found with a cloth tea-party set inside, but i made these bags bigger.  they hold together with velcro and are easy for little hands to pull open. both girls love the sets- especially the gingerbread men!  thanx for lookin'!







TuTorial;
i haven't done one in depth before, so bear with me...


-you will need 2 pieces of cloth, about 36 inches square each, plus an extra 8 inches x 20 inches for the handle.  i used a basket-weave print for the outside and the handles and a gingham weave for the inside
-piece of quilt batting, about 36 inches square as well, plus an extra length for the handles
velcro for the closures

1) cut cloth into the 36 inch-square pieces
find the centre of the cloth, and measure 6 inches from the centre out to each side, mark this and fold into an octagon shape.  (does this make sense?)  cut off leftover corners.  you should have an octagon with sides approximately 12 inches long.  if two parallel sides come out slightly smaller or bigger, that's okay (it's not a dress!)


2) cut out quilt batting using one of your cloth pieces as a pattern, but make about 1 inch smaller all around

3) make handles.  i just folded a long strip about 4 inches wide x 20 inches with some scrap batting inside, and top sewed.  i didn't bother to sew and then turn inside out, as it was too tedious to try to stuff batting loosely through such a narrow tube

4) using safety pins on the RIGHT SIDE of one of your octagon shapes, pin quilt batting to the WRONG SIDE/inside of the octagon

5) facing the center of the octagon and in the right side of your cloth, pin the handles to edges of opposite sides of the other octagon.  if you had one side longer, use this side.

6) with right sides facing, pin the two octagons, handles and batting together

you should now have a sandwich of quilt batting and safety-pinned cloth, then handles on cloth.  this simplifies the sewing to be all in one step (almost).

7) sew 7 sides of your octagon, leaving one open to turn right side out.

Cool turn right sides out, sew up eighth side.

9) quilt the batting into the cloth using stitches parallel from each corner.  (see photos)

10) add a velcro closure between each handle, then add velcro to each corner except for the side with the handles.    the velcro closes the blanket into a bag shape.  so male velcro to female on the 6 corners on each side....  maybe more pics will help:









please let me know if that is clear...  i should have taken pics as i was making my nieces set.  then, of course, fill the bag with hand- and machine-sewn yummy picnic food!!!









 
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